Department of Political Science

Student Achievement & Involvement

The Planning Accrediation Board requires this information be posted for the Graduate Community Planning (Master of Community Planning) Program at Auburn University.
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Student Achievement

Our Auburn University MCP graduates are successful in their careers and in the planning profession as a whole. Several alumni hold executive positions in the American Planning Association-Alabama Chapter. Our graduates have won awards at the state and regional level competitions of the American Planning Association (AL-MS chapter), and our currently enrolled students give professional presentations at the national and state level conferences each year. Current MCP students have won the “Distinguished Leadership Award for a Planning Student Team” for Sustainable Transportation Planning class at the AL-MS American Planning Association conference in 2013, 2016 and in 2017. Details of these annual awards are archived here.  View a sample of work by an Auburn University Master of Community Planning student or read more about how Community Planning students are making a difference.


In addition, students from the Fall 2018 Historic Preservtion Planning class were featured in the Montgomery Advertiser, presenting their work to the planning department and regional planning commission in Montgomery. 


2020-2021 Tuition and Fees

In-state Residents, per full-time academic year                $11,796

Out-of-state Residents, per full-time academic year         $31,956

Student Retention Rates

Of our students who began the MCP program in Fall 2019, 83% continued their studies into Fall 2020.

Student Graduation Rates

The entering class of Fall 2016 had 13 new full-time students, 69% of which graduated within 4 years. From Fall 2012 through Fall 2016, a total of 53 new full-time students enrolled in the MCP program, of which over 85%, or 45 students, graduated within 4 years.

Number of Degrees Awarded

The Auburn University MCP program has awarded 21 Masters of Community Planning degrees for the 2019-2020 academic year. The program has awarded a total of 84 Masters of Community Planning degrees since 2014-2015 academic year.

AICP Certification

Of the MCP graduates who took the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) exam in 2015 within 5 years of graduation, the passing rate is 50%. Auburn University MCP graduates typically attempt the AICP exam within 5 years of graduation. Auburn MCP graduates have an overall 73% pass rate from 2005-2019.

Student Employment Rates

Approximately 86.6% of our full-time students graduating in 2019 have found employment in a professional planning or planning-related job within one year of graduation. The status of the rest of the students of the graduating students is unknown.

Auburn University Student Planning Association

The Auburn University Student Planning Association (AUSPA) stimulates student interest in community planning and design, familiarizes students with the practice of planning, helps students in attending state and national planning conferences, and builds a strong relationship between the Community Planning degree program and other programs related to community planning and design. AUSPA endeavors to improve scholarship and performance of individuals entering the community planning and design fields. This student led association holds regular meetings and social events throughout the academic year. For more information, please contact Kebo Nyathi.

For more information

Sweta Byahut

Sweta Byahut

Associate Professor and Director, Master of Community Planning Program
Department of Political Science
Auburn University, AL 36849
8020 Haley Center
(334) 844-8436

Last Updated: August 09, 2021